FREEDOM III I 50€ DISCOUNT I MAR - MAY 2020 I MINI SAFARI 4 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS I TIRAN - DUNRAVEN I RED SEA

FREEDOM III I 50€ DISCOUNT I MAR - MAY 2020 I MINI SAFARI 4 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS I TIRAN - DUNRAVEN I RED SEA
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FREEDOM III. A perfect boat for groups or individuals, the neat vessel with a beautiful wooden interior has plenty of space to chill out after diving. Cabin layouts will suit families or friends. Experienced crew. Free WIFI and Nitrox



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4 Nights, 13 - 14 Dives 
  • This mini safari is available all months all year around
  • Languages spoken - English, Spanish, Arabic
  • Tiran Island - Jackson, Gordon, Thomas, Woodhouse
  • Ras Mohammed - Shark, Yolanda, Jackfish Alley, Ras Ghozlani
  • Wrecks - Yolanda, Dunraven
  • Incredible visibility, brilliant vertical walls with schools of fish and large pelagics
  • Hammerheads, whalesharks, mantas, dolphins
  • MV Freedom III relax and dive the best of the North Red Sea
  • Budget boat without compromising the services
  • Great for non divers and families
  • Departure and arrival from private harbour
  • Big sundeck, air-conditioned saloon and amazing dive deck
  • Free Wi-Fi

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from zodiacs and dive deck
  • Diving area with bathrooms, camara table, fresh water tanks
  • 15L Tanks Available, Nitrox ($), Rental Equipment ($)
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves, Tanks With Din Valves, Din/Int Adapters
  • Battery Charging Station, Fish Id and Diving Books, Spacious Dive Deck, Separate Zodiac/Dhoni
  • Air-Conditioning, Lounge/TV Area, Equipment For Kids
  • Snorkeling
  • Payments on board - Visa Mastercard Cash (Usd) (Eur) (Gbp)
  • Buffet, Vegetarian Food
  • Alcohol - local beer and wine available to purchase on board
  • Fire Alarm, Fire Extinguisher, Life Jackets, Life Rafts, Emergency Oxygen Kit, Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon

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Departure: 25/03/2020
Arrival: 29/03/2020
Duration: 4 nights
Spaces available: 20
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh - Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh
Departure: 30/04/2020
Arrival: 04/05/202
Duration: 4 nights
Spaces available: 20
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh - Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh
Departure: 13/05/2020
Arrival: 17/05/2020
Duration: 4 nights
Spaces available: 20
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh - Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh
Departure Arrival Duration Spaces available Harbors (Departure - Arrival)
25/03/2020 29/03/2020 4 nights 20 Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh - Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh
30/04/2020 04/05/202 4 nights 20 Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh - Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh
13/05/2020 17/05/2020 4 nights 20 Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh - Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh

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OUR BOAT

The Red Sea liveaboard, Freedom III, offers scuba diving cruises for both individuals and charter groups. There is also the added bonus of being able to depart and return from your diving safari from our own jetty. The itineraries offered vary through the seasons and are customizable for charter groups. The Freedom III, proudly boasts offering uncrowded diving. 

Join one of our Red Sea liveaboard diving holidays and experience the best dive sites in the Northern Red Sea. Enjoy 3 or more dives a day exploring some world famous dive sites, all in the company of like-minded divers.

We will guarantee departure with a minimum of just 8 guests.

Our Sharks Bay Umbi crew on board are second to none. They will do everything they can to make your Red Sea liveaboard a diving holiday to remember. Our UMBI mantra is 'arrive as a guest, leave as a friend.'

AMENITIES

The dive vessel features plenty of space, inside and out, for divers to fully enjoy their time on the Red Sea. There is air-conditioning throughout the boat and the lavish indoor salon and dining room will please the most discerning guest as it is neat and spacious.

If you go outside, you’ll find plenty of cozy space where you can lounge, enjoy the scenery and the sun. There’s a partially shaded, quite spacious sundeck on the very top. You’ll find lounging chairs, cushioned seating and tables. There’s also a sunbathing area at the bow.

OUR CABINS

The Freedom III welcomes up to 20 guests in 10 comfortable cabins. The cabin layouts vary and include 2 Double bed cabin, 6 twin bed cabins and 1 quad cabin, they will suit everyone’s needs; diving buddies, families, couples, etc.

Every cabin comes with space and comfort. The rooms all have air-conditioning as well as a private bathroom. Also, nice amenities such as a mini fridge, a TV/DVD system, hairdryers and a safe are provided in each diver’s cabin.

Fresh food is prepared daily by one of our fabulous chefs using only the best ingredients. We also provide Nitrox for suitable qualified divers, but it must be pre ordered before your trip.

DIVING IN THE AREA

Diving in Egypt is available all year round. The best season is from March to the middle of December. All of these months diving is amazing in this region with water temperatures from 25º-28º. Winter water temperatures (Middle of December to February) are still 23º. There are great discount offers on boats and a minimum number of boats in the area, the dive sites are exclusive to you.

MAIN DECK DOUBLE CABIN WITH FRONT VIEW

1 Double bed cabin with space and comfort. The room has air-conditioning as well as a private bathroom. Also, nice amenities such as a mini fridge, a TV/DVD system, hairdryer and a safe are provided.. 220v electricity.

  • Size:  19 m²
  • Beds:  1 Double
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  No
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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TWIN CABIN - LOWER DECK

Situated on the lower deck- 6 twin bed cabins with en suite facilities. the room has air conditioning, TV/DVD, safe, hair dryer .and mini fridge. 220v electricity

  • Size:  5 m²
  • Beds:  2 Single
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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DOUBLE CABIN - MAIN DECK

1 double bedded cabin situated in the Main Deck. The room has air conditioning, en suite facilities, TV/DVD, safe, hair dryer and mini fridge. 220v electricity

  • Size:  7 m²
  • Beds:  1 Double
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  No
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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QUADRUPLE CABIN

1 Double and 2 single beds, situated on the cabin deck. Air conditioned, en suite cabin with TV/DVD, safe, mini fridge, hair dryer. 220v electricity.

  • Size:  12 m²
  • Beds:  1 Queen + 2 Twin
  • Max occupancy:  4
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Sharm El Sheikh and ends in Sharm El Sheikh
  • Attention! The departure/arrival at the marina can change due to the internal logistics of the boat, the bad weather conditions of the previous week or the bad weather forecast.

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • The closest airport is Sharm El Sheikh Intl (SSH)
  • Pickup time at the airport is according to your flights. Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags
  • You will be met outside the arrivals building by a representative of the boat who will be holding an SHARKS BAY UMBI' sign.
  • Hotel pickup time is in the evening
  • You can check in on the boat as of 19:00
  • The boat departs Sharm El Sheikh (Shark's Bay jetty) in the morning on the following day
  • The vessel is equipped with European (2 pin) power sockets

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Sharm El Sheikh (Shark's Bay jetty) between 14:00 and 15:00 on the last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 14:00 on the last day.

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • SHARKS BAY UMBI is the only Dive Centre in Sharm El Sheikh with its own jetty to sail from
  •  If the boat is fully booked with other charters, it may be necessary to depart after the last dive and spend this night and the following day in the hotel at no extra charge
  • You can purchase your Visa on arrival before passing through customs. The full visa is necessary  if you want to dive in Ras Mohamed and if you want to visit any area outside of the Sinai.
  • Advanced Open Water, Recommended for some of the more demanding dive sites, in special the wrecks

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • We require you have a minimum of 20 logged dives for cruises that visit the Wreck of the Thistlegorm and 30 logged dives for cruises that visit the marine parks (Brothers, Zabargad, Daedalus & Rocky).
  • To dive with a dive buddy, you must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following your guide. On some dives the recommended depth is below 18m therefore advanced or Deep Diver training is advised.
  • Many of the dives in the Red Sea are suitable for all levels of divers, however, unpredictable and strong currents are to be expected anytime and anywhere. Inexperienced divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience
  • This is a 4 night trip. Number of planned dives depending on the weather conditions and the route are around 14 .
  • Currents in some areas of this route can be strong.

PROGRAM

  • DAY 1. Evening: transfer from airport and embark at our own jetty in Sharks Bay. Welcome on board, cabin arrangement and boat-briefing. Evening Meal on board.. Permission work with port authority, sailing very early next morning.
  • DAY 2 - 4 This liveaboard route will give you the chance to dive the best sites around Tiran and Ras Mohammed. Your first dive will be made in Sharks Bay or one of the local reefs to check your weights and equipment and then we head towards out into the Red Sea taking in the best sites en-route and in the National Park and Dunraven at Shaab Mahmoud.
  • DAY 5 Morning dives then make our way back to Umbi Jetty at Sharks Bay to disembark

DIVE SITES

  • This popular mini safari covers the magnificent dive sites within the Straits of Tiran and Ras Mohamed National Park. At the southernmost tip of the Sinai Peninsula, the national park is well known for its fabulous marine life and seemingly endless wall dives. 

STRAITS OF TIRAN

  • The Straits of Tiran are characterised by the 4 reefs of Jackson, Thomas, Woodhouse and Gordon which are rich in marine life.  
  • Early morning check dive in Sharks Bay, near to the dive centre.  The reef gently slopes down in a series of ledges. Whale sharks and mantas visit this bay in the springtime; hence, where the name came from. Eagle rays, giant moray and Napoleon are very common here.
  • Then head off to dive some of the best dive sites in the northern Red Sea.
  • Gordon Reef is the southernmost reef of the four and nearest to Sharm. Gordon Reef has a different topography to the others as this site has both a shallow plateau area and drop-offs. 
  • The dive can be done as both a mooring and a drift dive. The Loullia wreck is perched on its northern edge, but sadly since it remains above the water, there’s no wreck diving. There is a small eel garden to the north and the entire reef is host to small and large fish in abundance – turtles, giant moray, eagle rays and mantas in the spring.
  • Situated between Gordon and Woodhouse, Thomas is the smallest of the reefs with deep plunging walls covered with soft coral and an amazing gorgonian forest at 25m. It is possible to circumnavigate this reef in one dive, current permitting. Make sure to keep your eye in the blue during the summer months for a passing pelagic but don’t forget to look at the reef sometimes!
  • Woodhouse is a long, slender reef located between Jackson and Thomas. Woodhouse provides a combination of beautiful coral plateaus and walls. 
  • There is also a canyon at the halfway point, where the current often starts to strengthen. Be careful at the corner as the current can be very strong in all directions - the so called due ‘washing machine’.
  • The most northerly of the Tiran reefs and one of the most beautiful Sharm el Sheikh dive sites. Jackson Reef is heavily populated with coral plateaus combined with dramatic walls. It is famous for schooling hammerheads that can be found on the north side of the reef early in the summer.  Keep your eye in the blue in the summer.

RAS MOHAMMED NATIONAL PARK

  • Steep walls covered in coral, dropping down to depth of 1000 meters, is the nature of diving in Ras Mohamed.
  • With miles of tropical reefs, crystal clear water and a rainbow of colourful fish, Ras Mohammed is a world famous dive site and represents everything people associate with diving in the Red Sea
  • The park is protected by marine park laws which all divers must abide by to ensure the survival of such a delicate eco-system.
  • The world renowned dive sites of Sharks and Yolanda reefs are situated at the tips of the Sinai. The two reefs rise up from untold depths to the surface making a breath-taking, stunning and dramatic topography. Hanging out on the wall are Snappers, Bat fish, Barracuda and many more especially when they mass together in the July/August peak period.
  •  Finish your dive above the wreckage of the 'Yolanda', a wreck that made this reef its final resting place in the 1970's. Its cargo of standard toilets, bath tubs and pipe tubes will remain forever as part of the shallow reef.
  • Anemone City is a broad shoulder of reef that juts out at a depth of 20m off the wall of Ras Mohammed. When the current is running large schools of trevallies can be seen and in the shallow water you can find an abundance of anemones after which the site is named. Clownfish in their hundreds occupy this dive site which is a perfect location for photographers.
  • Shark Observatory site is not named for its shark sightings, however, it is a fantastic dive. Beneath the towering cliffs that continue below the surface to disappear into the deep abyss the wall is covered with soft coral and honeycombed with numerous gullies and canyons that are home to hoards of Glass fish and Hatchet fish herded by Red Mouth Grouper. An overhang, fringed with Sea Fans at 10 metres, is a great place to watch the Trevallies, Jacks and Turtles passing in the blue.
  • Ras Ghozlani is one of the most beautiful dive sites in the Ras Mohammed area. With a beautiful display of stunning table corals and glassfish covered coral pinnacles. This site makes for a gentle drift dive with a 15m sandy ledge before dropping to the deep.
  • South of Ras Mohammed, Jackfish Alley is a shallow and well sheltered reef. The highlights are the caves at a depth of 8m which provide a very picturesque swim-through and can be done at the beginning or the end of the dive, the glassfish coral pinnacle at 12m is another beautiful landmark. 

DUNRAVEN WRECK

  • This trip also includes a dive at the Dunraven wreck.  The "Dunraven" is a ship wreck that sank in 1876. It lies upside down diagonal to the reef. Entering from the prow groups of Glass Fish and  Bat Fish are swimming all around. The stern is completely covered with soft corals. The cargo was entirely lost, what is left today are the boilers at the entrance.
  • The Dunraven steam ship was returning from India loaded with spices and cotton and in 1876 due to a navigational error the Dunraven hit the reef. Some stories also tell that a fight on board was the real reason for the collision. The crew tried to save her for 14 hours from the reef, but when eventually free she sank and finished upside down in Shaa’b Mahmoud at a depth of 17 - 30 metres.
  • Discovered in 1977 the Dunraven is one of the Sharm El Sheikh wreck dive sites that offers the most easy access due to his upside down position.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks
  • Dive guides
  • Wifi
  • Airport and local hotel transfer to/from the boat

NOT INCLUDED

  • National park fees - see below
  • Nitrox (5 EUR per dive) pre order before your trip
  • Chamber fee (VOLUNTARY) (1 EUR per day)
  • Rental equipment full set 25 EUR per day
  • 15 ltr tank 6 EUR per day
  • Courses
  • Local beer & wine
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)

NEW NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEE PRICES AND REGULATIONS

  • From Wednesday 27th November 2019, as per a recent decree issued by the Ministry of Environment, new National Park entrance fees will be applicable to all diving and snorkeling activities in dive / snorkeling sites located in the following areas:
  • Ras Mohammed National Park – € 7.00 per person, per day
  • Straits of Tiran – € 7.00 per person, per day
  • Blue Hole & Canyon in Dahab – € 13.00 per person, per day
  • The additional charges will be added to the guest’s bill and are payable on check-out. They apply to both liveaboards and daily diving. 
  • The new fees are for the development and funding of the National Park Authority and to support its recently enhanced efforts aimed at protecting, maintaining, and monitoring the health of the Red Sea, both on land and underwater.

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • 30 % is non-refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before the trip = 70 % is refundable
  • 90 days before the trip = no refund

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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